MDevEng Impact Fellowships

The MDevEng program offers a limited number of competitive impact department fellowships, which are both need-based and merit-based. Decisions are based on overall strength of required materials submitted with the general admissions application and no separate application is needed. If awarded a department impact fellowship, we will notify recipients by email. The department fellowship will be applied to tuition and fees across the three semesters of the program.

Mastercard Foundation Scholarship Program

The Center for African Studies and the Mastercard Foundation support the MCF Scholars Program at UC Berkeley for Master’s degree students. Applicants must be citizens of a Sub-Saharan African country and are required to first apply to a graduate program before being considered for the scholarship. For more information, click here.

External Fellowships

Federal Student Loans and Scholarships

If eligible, MDevEng students may qualify for a Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan or Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan to help cover program costs.

Please consult these links for more information:

UC Berkeley Graduate Division Fellowships and Awards

While many awards listed are for students pursuing doctoral studies, we encourage applicants to review the list for potential eligible fellowships.


Academic Student Employment (ASE)

MDevEng students may apply for ASE appointments in any of the three semesters during which they are enrolled. ASE appointments may reduce some tuition fees up to the total cost of in-state tuition. Though incoming students are eligible to apply, these positions are competitive and the MdevEng program itself is demanding; students should consider carefully their ability to take on employment in addition to their coursework before committing to a position. Please review the job descriptions available through UC Berkeley’s Graduate Division to determine what category best fits your needs and interests. MDevEng students who are fully sponsored, meaning all fees are paid by a third party or outside agency, may choose to work as GSIs and/or Readers. However, if you are eligible for a fee remission from UC Berkeley, you will only receive it if your sponsoring agency reduces the sponsorship by that amount. Fee remissions will not be paid to the student as a refund if fees are being covered by an outside source.

Veterans Education Benefits

If you are eligible for VA benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill (Ch 33), Vocational Rehabilitation (Ch 31), Dependents Educational Assistance (Ch 35), or Montgomery GI Bill (Ch 30, 1606 or 1607), you may use them for the MDevEng program.  However, this program is not eligible for the Cal Vet College Fee Waiver.  Please see this information on initiating VA benefits at UC Berkeley, and contact the Veterans Benefits unit in the Office of the Registrar with any questions.

Fee Payment Plan

UC Berkeley’s Fee Payment Plan allows for qualified semester fees to be paid in five monthly installments. Interested applicants can read more here.

Aid for International Students

International students are encouraged to visit the Berkeley International Office Financial Aid page, and to take advantage of the resources it provides.